Considering Botox? Be sure to choose a reputable provider

Considering Botox? Be sure to choose a reputable provider

28 July 2016

Considering Botox? Be sure to choose a reputable provider

If you’re one of the many people considering Botox to reduce the appearance of your fine lines and wrinkles, it’s vital that you choose a reputable provider.

With the Non Surgical anti-ageing treatment now more popular than ever, it can be all too tempting to take advantage of a deal that seems too good to be true.

BBC X-ray recently investigated Vivian Baker, a woman who ran a backstreet practice called Botox Beauty, and who went by the name of Vizzy Bizzy on Facebook.

They spoke to two of her patients who were left unhappy with the treatment they received.

Award-winning mobile hairdresser Richard explained that Vivian Baker had photographs of her certificates on her Facebook business page, and that she claimed to be a registered nurse who had trained in London.

He paid £600 altogether for two visits to Vivian where he had Botox in his forehead and Dermal Fillers in his lips.

For the first two weeks following treatment, everything was fine. Then, his wrinkles suddenly came back and he saw no effect whatsoever from the treatment in his lips.

He returned to Vivian for another round of the treatment, this time paying a further £70 and visiting her in her family home.

He reported sitting in her kitchen, surrounded by her children and not feeling like the area was very clean.

Vivian gave him no anaesthetic and he felt “excruciating pain” in his mouth, only to find it covered in blisters the following day.

Yet another patient of Vivian’s claimed to be left with a drooping face and unable to smile for months.

It was later uncovered that Vivian was unqualified and illegally administering Non Surgical treatments in an environment that was unsuitable and posed risks of infection to patients.

See the full video below.

BBC Xray Investigation from ashton on Vimeo.

So how can you be sure you’re choosing a reputable provider and not a cosmetic cowboy?

  • If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is
  • Double-check that the practitioner is fully-accredited and trained to administer Botox
  • Never accept Botox unless it’s done in a sterile, clean clinic
  • Make sure the practitioner reviews your medical history before treatment, as you may be allergic
  • Ensure you’re given anaesthetic to numb the treatment area
  • Do proper research on the clinic and get recommendations from friends and family
  • Research the possible side-effects of treatment
  • Make sure the prescriber is one of the following:
    • Doctor registered with the General Medical Council
    • Nurse registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
    • Dentist registered with the General Dental Council

You can find more advice on what to consider when choosing a Laser and Skin treatment clinic here.

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